The United States of America will maintain sanctions against Russia until it fulfills all the objectives of the Minsk agreements and returns the Crimea to Ukraine's sovereignty, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated after the meeting with the Foreign Ministers of the NATO countries, according to the press service of the Alliance.
“We will continue to hold Russia accountable to its Minsk commitments. The United States sanctions will remain until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered our sanctions. We do not, and will not, accept Russian efforts to change the borders of territory of Ukraine.”
Tillerson mentioned the escalation of the conflict in the Donbas and the attacks of pro-Russian militants led by Moscow on civilian infrastructure facilities. He urged the Russian Federation to influence the terrorists in order to pacify them.
"We note with alarm the escalating violence along the line of contact and the repeated targeting of civilian infrastructure by Russia-led separatist forces, which poses an elevated risk of humanitarian disaster. We call on Russia to exercise its influence over the separatists to put a stop to the violence, end the campaign of attacks and intimidation against OSCE monitors, and facilitate the access they need to do their job.”
The US Secretary of State welcomed the successes of the reforms in Ukraine, including steps to combat corruption and fulfill the conditions for cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.
“Even in the face of Russia’s aggression, Ukraine has accomplished a great deal domestically. We applaud recent reform successes, including anti-corruption efforts and pursuing necessary reforms to meet IMF conditionality.”
Earlier, March 7 at a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin, Rex Tillerson said that the United States of America will not consider any options for "exchanging" the territories of Ukraine, and once again confirmed that sanctions against Russia will be lifted only when the Kremlin ceases its aggressive actions and de-colonizes Crimea and ORDLO.